Don't get too excited over Ubaldo
Ubaldo Jimenez is owned in 100 percent of ESPN standard leagues, and while I'm not his biggest fan from a statistical standpoint, I can't really quarrel with his ownership. Jimenez was a likely regression candidate from 2010, and he's certainly been frustrating for fantasy owners, especially at Coors Field, where his numbers are atrocious. Well, he doesn't have to deal with that anymore, after the Colorado Rockies traded him to the Cleveland Indians (pending a physical), but fantasy owners should still view him in the proper frame of mind.
Good for the Indians and their fans for the intent of the deal, I suppose, though the price to acquire Jimenez is a steep one. Fantasy owners need not concern themselves with the prospects the Rockies picked up in the deal for at least another year and probably more, but the big story is a contending team's rotation that lacked star power is getting some. I just don't think Jimenez is quite the star people think.
A year ago, when he was fantasy's top pitcher in the first half of the season, Jimenez was a fantasy hero. He ended up 23rd overall on the Player Rater, fourth among starting pitchers, thanks to 19 wins, a 2.88 ERA, 1.15 and many, many strikeouts. Then again, he was 15-1 with a 2.20 at the All-Star break. In the second half of the season he was not nearly as a successful. I didn't really consider ranking the right-hander among my top 10 starting pitchers for 2011, but he made my top 20 barely.
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